The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, September 24, 1911, SECTION SIX, Page 7, Image 71

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    TITE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN", PORTLAND, SEPTEMBER 24; 1911.
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KeReadiqg HHic, os
Odd Demands of Teople, Erudite anil Other
ivise, Xor Books of Many Kinds and Conditions
Plaint of a Mother AYho Feared for Her Stu
dious Daughter's Mind.
FT AX ASSISTANT I-IHHARIAN.
VARIED are the experlencea of a
librarian or assistant librarian
In the public library. Varied, too,
ire the qualities and qualification
which the librarian must hare. She
roust be gently needleworklsh with
(he old lady who wants a new pattern
In drawnwork. She must be mllltantly
suffragettlsh with the sister who wants
to go to prison (or the cause. She must
be humble with the man who considers
her a menial. She must try to act the
part, since she cannot look It. when
appealed to as a 20-vnlume encyclope
dia. She must feel a warm sympathy
for all Isms, she must hare a working;
knowledge of all ologles.
She must never resent rudeness. Her
prejudices, her personal tastes, her
feelings must be hidden away. She
must remember, always smilingly, that
she Is a servant of the public.
This publlo with which the librarian
has to deal la made up of all sorts and
conditions of men. from scholars and
litterateurs to hobos and thieves, of
both sexes, of every nation under the
sun.
It Is true that no man la a hero to
Ms valet, certainly no man Is brilliant
to the librarian, for It Is to them that
men come to And out what they do not
know, and librarians see the hastily
erected and haky skeletons that sup
port many popular lectures and "bril
liant special articles.
It Is amazing how dull some quick
wltted men are about little things.
He can not open a door that opens In
unless there la a large sign "push" on
It; he cannot fill out properly the sim
plest application. If a signs reads,
"The library will be closed on Decem
ber IS," some one Is sure to ask "For
how long?"
But If we think our public Is some
times a bit dense, they return the com
pliment by thinking we are at all times
liars. When we say we have a book,
but It la out. they are sure It Is not;
If we say a book Is uninteresting, they
COMPENSATION WASHINGTON SOCIETY
world: the difference between house
holder and housekeeper, to be techni
cal. And limitation had taught An
thony a new scale of values, wherein
the woman who had married him con
stituted bis greatest dependence. Hith
erto he had recognized her virtues
through the conscientious cataract of
marital acceptance: lately he was be
ginning to view her character with
the wider perception of one spirit for
another. And Juliet met the recon
structed attitude with a Joy so deli
cately tempered by caution that it
left him unsusplcioua
They continued to ride together
through the Fall and again In the
fspring. when Anthony could get away
from his committee room, but they
never met Kathleen as they used to In
Oonover. She was almost too busy to
ride, she told Juliet, on one of the
rare occasions when they saw each
other she had Just about given It up.
Mrs. Steele smiled pitifully when she
thought of the excuse, remembering
how Miss Ann had said that Kathleen
sat for hours with ber hands In her
lap. doing nothing. She knew that
with society Mlaa Warrens had become
almost a memory. "Of course she's In
mourning," Mrs. Tage said plaintively.
"Rut then, my dear, she could at least
go to luncheons. Just to show some
interest you know." That Kathleen
felt no Interest was a possibility not
within the range of Luclle's Imagina
tion; that the only sensation the girl
y3 GEORGE ADL
ONCE there was a Hireling at the
tall-end of a Pay Roll who longed
to get a Chunk of Money so that
he could own a House and pick out
Jhts own Wall-Paper.
He read an Ad in a Religious Week
ly. It said to Hurry and get a Slice
of the Bullkon Mining Company because
on July 1st the Price would be whooped
from fl a Share to f 2.7S. The Guggen
heim wanted It but the Director pre
ferred to slip It to the American Peo
ple.
The Property waa right op against
nme other Property so rich that the
Workmen engaged la lifting out the
Precious Metal had to wear Goggles to
keep from being blinded.
The Man fell for it. Ha rushed to the
Saving Bank and drew his Wad and
sent it to a Man with several China.
who had to sit at a Desk for nearly an
hour each Day taking Money out of
Envelopes.
The Stockholder received a Certifi
cate. It had at the Top an Engraving
of a Lady spilling Golden Nugget out
of a Cornucopia and below was a Seal
and the Signatures of all the Officers
of the Company. Any one standing off
ten Feet from thla Certificate couldn't
have told It from a lilS Bond of the
Pennsylvania Company.
Every Week the Stockholder found in
his Mall a Report from the Expert In
charge of Shaft No. 11 la the Sklddy
kadoo Fields snowing that the Assay
ran tM and the Main Lateral had
Ken opened as far aa the Mezzanine
I 'rift, which meant that the II Shares
would be selling around SS before the
Holidays.
Whereupon be would pinch out some
of the Money about to be frittered
away on Drees Goods and Cereal and
end It to J. Etr-.erlngton Cuticle. Pro
moter, who was thus enabled to have
a aew Collar put ea hi Fur Coal
la coarse of Time the Incipient Monte
Crista had a Bale of Certificate He
gould borrow a Pencil and fixure out.
are sure It la risque and we are try
ing to prevent Its circulation.
Selecting "Koaay" Boeka.
Just wha t 1 s
off color seem s
to be a disputed
&T po,nt for k
Fl.K I young man who
Diusa i n g i y re
ttirne d Stern e's
"S e ntlmental
Journey" sal d he
could not under
stand why we did
not have "Three
Weeks." It w a a
"so charming.".
One of toe most
difficult dnman d s
to satisfy lathe
frequent requee a t
for a "funny
book."
Now, If you have
ever thought
about It you
know that there Is
no sta n d a r d of
funnlness. Vague though It may be, we
have a line above or below which a
thing Is good or bad as to plot, con
struction, style: but when It comes to
the quality called humor, every man is
a law unto himself. -The book that one
person says Is "roarlngly funny" an
other calls "deadly dull."
A nice person returns a book saying,
"This Is so funny we read It aloud, and
I left the family still laughing." An
other man slams the same book down
on your desk an hour after he has
taken It home and cries in fiery tones.
Do you call this funny" or "Don't you
know the difference between vulgarity
and wit 7" aiyl goes out murmuring
blta of the letter he Is going to write
the newspapers about gross misuse of
the city's money.
Noma de plume of authora often cause
funny mistakes. A young lady wanted
"Adam Bede." I told her to look 'on
the shelves under "Cross." In about
10 minutes she came back to my desk
and said "I must be awfully stupid not
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had at all waa relief at the receding
horror of the Summer, would have ap
pealed to Mrs. Page as "another of
those distressing poses."
Tet such was the case. With Olive
and Jack still In Europe, her attend
ance at the Senate forbidden and her
congeniality for the girls of her sea
son decidedly dead. Kathleen found
her mtnd so blank of reading matter
that the easiest thing to do was noth
ing. She looked back upon the months
Just passed with a thankfulness that
was the only expression of her numb
Intelligence. At least the Winter, with
all ita dreariness, was better than that
frightful season of conventional hos
pitalities which had followed on the
heels of her denoument with Anthony.
Kathleen wondered If In the numb
apathy with which she now met him
she was getting ready to step into the
shoes which Olive had cast aside. At
any rate. It was only seldom that she
felt anything about Steele. The ashes
of that never-to-be-forgotten night
seemed to have suffocated the fire
which she had covered with them. And
Spring came, and May, and still the
knowledge that he would In all prob
ability be in Washington for only one
month more caused her no pain be
yond the eternal scourge of strangled
craving.
The newspapers had discussed at
some length the reasons for his polit
ical retirement, but Kathleen only read
the headlines. What waa It to her
in a few Minutes, that when the Stock
went to Par (as per Prospectus) he
would land a few feet behind Hetty
Green and somewhat la advance ot the
First National Bank.
While he waa waiting for Dam For
tune, with the Sheet wrapped around
i her. to begin rolling It out of the
Cornucopia, a advertised oa tha One-
Sheets, he Inadvertently tip and died.
The Administrator and the Brother-ln-Law
went over the stuff at the
Safety Deposit. They checked all tha
Items from the outlawed Note down
to the Delinquent Tax Notice and then
advised the "Widow to pick out a aloe
lucrative Position In a Hand Laundry.
Two Tear passed by. The Family
waa now living In Comfort. Dowa la
a Bureau Drawer, with the Dance Pro
gram and the High School Diploma,
reposed the Stock Certificates of the
Bullkon Oold and Silver Mining and
Development Company. Inc.
The Widow had been tempted to
um them on the Shelves, but every
time she looked at the Lltho of the
Benevolent Female dumping tha 110
Gold Pieces out of the Cornucopla.and
saw the Seal, and alongside of It the
majestic Signature of J. Etherlngtoa
Cuticle, and noted that the total Face
Value was fSO.000. eh, would replace)
the Elastic and decide to Walt.
One day a soft-spoken Gentleman met
her as she returned from her Daily Toll
and said that a Syndicate was about
to take over all the Holding of the
Bullkon O. and 8. M. and D. Co- I ne
ar, d stood ready to purchase her Stock.
With trembling Hands she undid the
Bundle. It took a long time to make
the Count, but when he got It all
straightened out and figured up. ho
looked her straight In the Eye and
said: "It cornea to One Dollar and
Eighty-Two Centa"
Moral: Fiction la t reefer than
Truth.
ri if
SERIES
, .tCopyrisht. 111. by George Ada.)
to be able to see It, but I've looked all
aver the walls, and I can't And a cross,
so how can I look under It for 'Adam
Beder" I had to own that the cross
was Invisible save to the Initiated.
In the' library you learn that words
are capable of many definitions. A
reader wanted books by a certain au
thor '"because her books are so rich."
I said I thought them light, more so
than rich.. "Then." she said, "you can't
be at all familiar with them, because
ahe wrltea about rich people only.
Servant Chooses Her Book.
One lady who sends her servant for
her booka lets the maid select them. At
least the maid asserts that her mistress
likes to have her do it. On day she
started home with two books, both of
them small and lightly bound; one was
"Lessons in Applied Mechanics," the
other "The Story of the Fishes." The
librarian, knowing the lady's taste to
be of the yellowback French variety,
remonstrated. "No," the servant said.
"I must have these; she said bring her
something light." And take them she
would.
A man returned Tolstoy's ''Resurrec
tion," saying, "I simply couldn't read
this; please give me a clean book; give
me any sort of a love story, provided It
Is clean.' I brought blm a much-used
copy of "The Story of an Untold Love."
He gave It and me a disdainful look
and walked over to the shelves and took
down a perfectly new copy of Balxac's
"Cousin Bette." "I'll take this. This Is
what I call clean."
To my surprise a new member, an
Irish workman, took the "Life of Pope
Leo XIII." a scholarly and bulky vol
ume. I asked Mm if he wanted the
book for study. "No, ma'am." he said.
"I Just want to read. I said the lther
day to Jim Mitchell. I said, 'I nlver hev
read a book,' and Jim Mitchell he says
to me he says. There's a liery, go get
a book and read;' and when I saw this
I says to mesllf. 'What's better to start
on thin the biessld pope?"
It was hard to convince him that It
was better to let that life crown, rather
than begin, his literary career.
The meager amount of circumstantial
evidence given us by which to find a
book ought to make us objects of envy
to all detectives desiring experience.
But even an acute Sherlock Holmes ran
decline to take a case; we can't. If the
public wants a book, we must produce
It: that's what the library Is for. A man
wanted a certain book; he could not re
member the author or title; he had not
read It, so did not know the plot. He
did know that the title had In It the
name of one of the leading cities of a
state, and that the author once wrote a
book that had a large sale. It was "The I
that a group of stolid monopolists
chose to send a servant to the Senate
in place of an Intellect? When Miss
Ann complained of the Injustice, she
answered Indifferently that she sup
posed It was all right after all; Sena
tor Steele could find other outlets for
his statesmanship.
Many people said exactly the same
thing. Sometimes they said it to Ju
liet, and she agreed without qualifica
tion. Vet she could not imagine what
Anthony's next move would be; be
seemed so inextricably associated with
the political. She knew that he had
been Invited Into the editorial atalT of
one of the large New York weeklies:
that much ha had told her, and also
that a college presidency of no mean
standing bad been offered htm. But
what he meant to do, what he had de
cided, if he had decided at all, she had
no idea. They scarcely every spoke of
the future. Simply living along the
edges of each other's life very consid
erate, very appreciative they were
two of the most heartsick people In all
the City of Disappointments.
Then one afternoon, late in May, An
thony came home to find an ambulance
before the house. Apprehension sick
ened him as he went Into the hushed
hallway, and the aound of shuffling
feet upstairs answered his dread In the
affirmative. A' man whom he had
never seen stopped him as he was hur
rying up to Juliet's room.
"Mrs. Stele has had a bad fall. Sen
ES..1N
.THE 1911 EABLE OF THE TREASURE
LOCKED JSWiT IN TJ-tE .STRONG BOY
"he. workmen engaged in lifting out t-he precioo KE.-rri.HAa.To
Tallahesse Girl." by Thompson, who
wrote the one time popular "Alice of
Old Vincennes."
A bright faced lad wanted a book,
and all he knew about It was that his
mother saw a
dramatisation of it
played seven or
eight years ago.
"It was the one."
he said with a
quick gesture over
his left shoulder,
"with . the curls."
"Janice Meredith"
and Mary Manner
lng. And the small
boy who com e a
for books for ' the
rest of the family!
I was in despair till
I found out that
the key to hla list of wants lay in
repeating what he sal a rapidly and
out would all some well-known title:
"House Bqllt on Sticks," "Si Smarner."
"Comic Philosophy," ' "Useless Bo
mula and Julia," and so on ad infinitum.
It took me quite five minutes to dis
cover that "poetry that answers back"
is but another name for dialogues.
The Average Reader.
If the librarian Is forced to become
a detective to satisfy her public that
public in, Its turn gives her so many
facts concerning the working of the
human mind that , she becomes quite
easily a psychologist. Her first great
discovery Is that people are all much
alike. Those who join the library for
the sake of desultory readings (and this
I should say Is the large body of read
ers) will take home old popular books,
such things as "The Wandering Jew,"
"Children of the Abbey," "Ten Thou
sand a Tear." I asked a number of
people why they wanted to read the
particular book chosen, and the In
variable answer was "I've heard about
this book all my life, but have never
happened to read it." The words varied,
of course; the idea was the same.
It is a noticeable fact that readers
who have no special book In mind will
select books from the shelves that are
about on a level with their eyes more
than from the high or low shelves.
You know before she opens her Hps
the woman who belongs to the "has
read so much" type and the "business
takes all my time," clubman who wants
you to select a book for his wife.
I am going to tell one thing about
men that I am sure It is mean to tell;
Indeed It is betraying a confidence. It
Is a thing of which the average man is
ashamed, much ashamed. Nevertheless,
It Is a fact that he reads and enjoys
ator," he said gravely. "The doctors
are Just making an examination. We
sent a servant for you, but I presume
be hadn't time to get to the Capitol
before you left."
"But but where ?" Steele could
hardly frame consecutive speech, he
waa so bewildered; and so dully terri
fied. "She was riding in Rock Creek,"
explained the stranger, "and her horse
shied at a specially bad place. She
could have managed him If it had been
twenty feet farther on. but as It was"
he shut his eyes with the recollec
tion "he threw her, down the steep
bank, and she fell on a sharp rock. I
happened to be driving and saw the
whole thing, so I telephoned for the
ambulance as quickly as I could, and
one of the men who came recognised
Mrs. Steele. We Just brought her in
before you came."
"I I must see her .' Steele was
too "dazed to think of gratitude. He
started on past the man, but the other
held him back.
"Not yet. They told me to keep you.
If you oame. Dr. Chambers said he
would come down the minute the ex
amination waa over."
As he spoke, the door of a side room
opened, and the physicians came out.
talking In lowered voices. Steele read
the verdict Instantly In their compas
sionate expression as they caught sight
of him. and yet he hoped against hope
until Dr. Chambers told him.
"Bad news. Senator." The old doctor
shook his head sadly. "The spinal cord
was severely crushed, and there are
other internal Injuries. The only com
eolation I can offer you is that her
suffering would be hell, if she could
live. As It is. there will be none.
To Be Continued
ShAHt
the magazines that are exclusively wo
men's magazines.
The confidence of the public In
printed lists of books Illustrates how
instinctively a man clutches at any old
straw. You may eay to a . reader.
"Every book in this section Is carefully
chosen, every book there Is Interesting
and well written.". He listens politely,
though bored, and
answers: I want
one that is on this
list," and will show
you a scrawl copied
from the back
pages of soma
worthless novel and
Insist that they are
good books because
at the head of the
list was' printed
"Other intereBtln g
books." - But eve n
ahead of his faith
in the printed word
Is his belief in the
worth of any book
he has "heard a
friend speak of."
The librarian in
variably prides her
self upon the abil
ity to select for a
reader the kind of
book he will enjoy.
I used to have a
feeling of great su
periority whenever a man returned a
book and said, "How could you know
that I, a stranger whom you had never
seen before, would like this book?
Please select" another for me," for I
felt that it was literary acumen. This
bit of vanity was exploded by a waiter
in a restaurant. I was at lunch with
some friends, and when he reached
dessert we could not decide what to
take. One of the party said, "Suppose
we leave it to the waiter." We did,
and he brought to each of us some
thing that suited our Individual tastes.
We were amazed.
"But how did you know?" we asked.
"I think of nothing else," he an
swered. "I study men and women; It
Is what makes the life of a waiter
possible to a man of Intelligence.
Giving 'Something Better."
The American public is constantly
warned by the manufacturers of soaps
and breakfast foods to put' no faith In
the men who say, "I haven't that, but
here's something Just as good." Now
that it what the librarian, the honest
librarian, says all day long. "We
haven't "Peck's Bad Boy, but here is
the "Story of a Bad Boy." " "We haven't
'He Loved Alas a Frozen Bride,' but
the 'Jessamy Bride' is lovely." Always
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W HI
ARMING TO FIGHT DREADNOUGHS OF AIR
gua la that the recoil Is absorbed with
out the ' necessity or compensating
springs. These features are said to
be especially useful in a gun carried on
a car, and are such as to enable mod
erate curves to be taken at a high
speed, for military use the German
car carrtea six men. 140 rounds of am
munition and 200 liters of benzine.
The question of airships attacking
submarines has also received consider
able attention of late. Only last month
an aviator named Abrun flying outside
Cherbourg Harbor, In France, was sent
out by the French naval authorities to
find two submarines, which had been
ordered to submerge in the harbor sev
eral hours before. ,
The aeroplane, at a height of 400 feet,
discovered within a few minutes, both
submarines, which were over a mile
and a half apart. It then returned to
the harbor and prepared for a further
test to discover the submarines while
submerged and going at a high rate of
speed. Abrun rose at once to a height
of 1200 feet, and, after a short observa
tion, he found the periscope of one sub-4
marine which was at a depth of about
IS feet. This socond flight occupied 20
minutes. It has now been demonstrated
that from a height of about 1000 feet
It is possible to discover a submerged
submarine ; and that a submarine, with
the aid of its periscope, cannot sight an
we urge our readers to take something
that Is "not only Just as good, but a wee
bit better. , .
Reading matter is not by any means
the only thing the public wants the li
brary to supply. If a woman comes In
and asks for "Day's Work," don't be too
sure she is a devotee of Kipling; rather
look her over and decide from her ap
pearance whether she is looking for a
scrubwoman to clean her flat or Is her
self seeking such a job. We have con
stant requests for servants, constant
requests for aid In securing positions.
One morning not long ago I was
called to the
phone to be asked
how to word a
telegram of con
gratulation to b e
sent to a bride
and groom. Less
than ten minute s
later someon.e
Wanted to know
how to pronounce
4 g- e -n-r-e," a
mo t d 1 ffl c u 1 1
combinatl on of
. sounds to send
over the 'phone.
The same day a
young man came
in to get m e t o
suggest some gift
that be might
send to his employer who was ill, and
he added he would lKie for me to write
a little note to go along with his Offer
ing, "a note simple and grateful, but
to sound like a man wrote it.
The attitude of the general reader is
well illustrated by a young woman who
wanted a book with the stories of the
operas, and when told that it was not
in said to the busy librarian, "Well, I'm
going to see Tannhauser tonight, and I
haven't th vaguest idea what it's
about; surely you can tell me the story
if you can't find me the book."
Much is said and written in the li
brary circles about the missionary
spirit, and undoubtedly the librarian
has a large field. If her work chances
to be In a foreign section of the city
her opportunity to push the spoon
about in the melting pot becomes al
most spectacular. . Nevertheless, she
meets with discouragements, often at
the point where she is congratulating
herself that she Is doing most good.
The following letter is an instance:
"Dear Sir: Oblige me by not giving
Sarah Rothenstab any more books to
read because she is near off her mind
by the library. Since you give her
books she, works no more nor sleeps no
more, but' she dreams. Her mother Is
a hard working woman. Her father
Is a longshoreman. Save Sarah. She
calls herself "Birdie' since she lives by
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
aeroplane when the latter Is flying high
er than 1S00 feet.
Menace of the Aeroplane.
The other side of the story regarding
the destructive possibilities of the
airship or aeroplane as against the
aero-gun on land or sea is ot interest.
For Instance, it Is claimed an airship
can drop from an unreachable height, at
least' 200 pounds of high explosives, and
destroy railroads, bridges, ships, and
whole cities. Moreover, it should be
considered that what goes up must come
down, and the destructive force of a
descending bomb would be just as great
downward as in Its upward flight, and
there is no controlling Its fall.
The fastest time made by expert 'gun
ners in recent experiments at finding
the range of an aeroplane, with all the
most advanced instruments, was eight
minutes, and then the barometer record
on the aeroplane showed the rang was
200 yards off. The aviator is not stand
ing still, waiting for the gunner to find
his range and shoot him down, but he is
on his way and out of sight before the
gunner can adjust his sights.
In France there are more than 1000
airmen all qualified for special military
duty. There are also SO schools of avia
tion there, 10 of which are of the high
est order and can turn out aviators
with a week's training if required. With
the present facilities of construction, 20
aeroplanes a day could be produced If
they were needed. These can be carried
In compact form, so the question of
transportation amounts to nothing. An
old barn or a granary would afford all
the needed - facilities for putting to
gether aeroplanes secretly near the
scene of action, so the outside world
would know nothing until the fleet of
war birds arose and waa on its way car
rying destruction.
It Is just here that the generally un
appreciated power of the aeroplane ex
ists. It is in that psychic effect upon
the minds of the people of threatened
communities that the greatest peace
compelling power of the aeroplane is
to be found. Self-preservation is a
Memoirs o Sherlock Holmes
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
should Instantly walk out of the. room
and hang himself."
"The paper!" croaked a voice behind
us. The man was sitting up, blanced
and ghastly, with returning reason in
his eyes, and hands which rubbed ner
vously at the broad red band which still
encircled his throat.
"The paper! Of course!" yelled
Holmes, in a paroxysm of excitement.
"Idiot that I was! 'I thought so much
of our visit that the paper never entered
my head for an Instant. To be sure,
the secret must lie there." He flattened
It out upon the table, and a cry of tri
umph burst from his lipe. "Look at
this, Watson," he cried. "It is a Lon.
don paper, an early edition of the Even.
ing Standard. Here is what we want.
Look at the headlines: 'Crime In the
City. Murder at Mawson & Williams'.
Glgantio Attempted Robbery. Capture
of the Criminal. Here, Watson, we are
all equally anxious to hear it, so kindly
read it aloud to us."
It appeared from its position in the
paper to have been the one event of
importance in town, and the account
of it ran in this way:
"A desperate attempt at robbery, cul
minating in the death of one man and
the capture of the criminal, occurred
this afternoon in the city. For some
time Mawson & Williams, the famous
financial house, have been the guardian
of securities which amount in the ag
gregate to a sum of considerably over
a million sterling. So conscious was
the manager of the responsibility which
devolved upon him in consequence of
the great Interest at stake that safe
of the very latest construction have
been employed, and an armed watchman
has been left day and night in the
building. It appears that last week a
new clerk named Hall Pycroft was en
gaged by the Arm. This person appear
to have been none other than Bedding
ton, the famous forger and cracksman,
who, with his brother, has only recent
ly emerged from a five years' spell of
penal servitude. By some means, which
are not yet clear, lie succeeded In win- ,
the library. If she keeps on reading
the books she will go crazy and curl
her hair, but not work. She Is Sarah,
not Birdie. Please oblige her
MOTHER." f.
Silly Novel Wine.
One of the most interesting cases that
I have met In .my work waa that of ai
young Jew. who at the age of 23 had
never read a novel, nor, indeed, any
thing except what he got In his school
course in Russia. He was willing to
promtse not to read anything for one
year except the books that I gave him
and I think he kept hla promise. I was)
qulte'keen to see what the effect of tBe
best books would be on his really good
mind. At the end of the year I gave
him a silly, badly written novel. Ha
came back In a few hours in high glee
to tell me that " hls fine book" was
the best of all. Shades of Balzae and
Tolstoy! I gave him up.
Another man, this time a middle
aged American, wanted us to select his
reading for one year, as at the end of
that time he expected to be totally
blind. His malady was not of the eyes,
but would produce blindness along''
with paralysis of other organs at a
certain stage of Its development. HeJ
told us frankly that he never read-,
anything but trash. Now that for
years he would be dependent on memo-
rles, he wanted' to store his mind with "
the treasures of the literary world; "
We selected for him the great classics, v
and he grew to love them. At the end:;
of the year he was better, not blind,
nor near it. but he could not read
anything that satisfied the person of'J
average Intelligence. He must have1'
the best, and I grew to dread the eight'
of him. The great books' of the world,
are so few!
A well-dressed young woman of "
seeming Intelligence wanted "The Bit
ter Cry," and refused to be comforted u
with anything else, even "The Bitter i
Cry of the Children." "The Bitter Cry" r
she wanted, and must have. I told v
her I was sure there was no such book. -,
She asked me sarcastically If I had ever
heard of "Red Pottage." I assured her
that I had. "Well, 'The Bitter Cry" la
the sequel to It."
I ventured to remark that no sequel -had
ever been written to "Red Pot--tage."
She rushed oft to the shelves and re- 7
turned in a moment, pointing triumph
antly to the title page of "Red Pot-"
tage," where in small letters is printed ..
beneath the title and author: "After"'
Red Pottage comes the exceeding biv"..
ter cry."
And so they come and go, good ns-;;
tured, cross, stupid, or bright! Ever ?
changing, yet ever the same the read-'1
ing public. .
sound law of nature, and the destruction -of
all one's family and belongings is not
a thought that can be overcome by an '
appeal to patriotism. It is my all or
your all that is at stake, and the crime
of war under such conditions might '
cause an Insurrection against any ruler
who sought to permit it. -
Unfortunately. It Is claimed with all
the progress made in aviation, condl-
tlons have forced development 'along
lines not to be the best general good of .,
science. It has been a money-making -period
of the manufacturers, and they ,
have only devoted their time to speed,
ignoring other and more Important .
phases. Now solid and substantial prog. ,
ress seem to bo in order, according to'.,
experts, which will make the aeroplane
as positive a factor in commerce and '.
war 'as the railroad and the- dread- '
on the subject of aeroplanes,
airships and aero-guns, it is interesting "
to go back 20 years or so. If any one '
had said at that time that within two
decades man would be able to see
through opaque substances, to talk with '
vessels sailing on the high seas, or to -fly
higher and faster than most birds,
no one would have believed. Roentgen' -X-rays,
Marconi's wireless, and the in-
vention of a heavier-than-air flying ma
chine have brought all these things to J
pass.
And what is more wonderful than the
conception of a monster air liner cross-
ing the Atlantic than in Jules Verne's?
description of the Nautilus, which war"
scoffed at by scientists, many of whom
have lived to see submarines become an -important
factor in every modern navy.- :
And has not Phlneas Fogg's "lmpos-,;
sible" feat of going "round the world in--80
days" been cut in two by a young ;
French newspaper man? So with the"
airship and the aero-gun. It is more
than possible that within the next dec
ade we will have airships plying the
atmosphere the same as automobiles
now run upon the ground, and aero
guns to bring down the aeroplanes when
they become unruly.
(Copyright 1911. by William I,. Altdorfer.)
ning, under a false name, this official
position in the office, which he utilized,
in order to obtain moldings of various i
locks and a thorough knowledge of the
position of the strongroom and safes. ,
It is customary at Mawson's for the '
clerks to leave at midday on Sa.turda.y7
Sergeant Tuson, of the city police, was
somewhat surprised, therefore, to see
a gentleman with a carpet bag come.,
down the steps at 20 minutes past L
His suspicions being aroused, the ser- '
geant followed the man and with the aid ,
of Constable Pollock, succeeded after a '
most desperate resistance in arresting,
him. It was at once clear that a daring: '
and gigantic robbery had been com?.,
mi t ted. Nearly 100,000 worth of Amer
ican railroad bonds, with a large amount
of scrip in mines and other companies
was discovered in the bag. On examin.
ing the premises the body of the unforr
tunate watchman was found doubled up
and thrust into the largest of the safes.4
where it would not have been discovered'
until Monday morning had It not been
for the prompt action of Sergeant Tu
son. The man's skull bad been shat
tered by a blow from a poker delivered ,
from behind. There could be no doubt,
that Beddlngton had obtained entranced
by pretending that he had left some-
thing behind him and having murdered
the watchman, rapidly rifled the large,
safe and then made off with his booty ..
His brother, who usually works with
him, has not appeared in this job as.
far as can at present be ascertained,''
although the police are making ener-
getlc Inquiries as to hi whereabouts.
"Well, we may save the police soma
little trouble in that direction." said
Holmes, advancing at the haggard fig-,
ure huddled up by the window. "Hu-.
man nature is a strange mixture, Wat
son. Tou see that even a villain and.
murderer can Inspire such affection that
his brother turns to suicide when he .
learns that his neck is forfeited. How
ever, we have no choice as to our ac
tion. The doctor and I will remain on'
guard, Mr. Pycroft. if you will have
the kindness to step out for the police.'.
(Copyright 1911, by Sir A. oo&a Doylejr ;